Hail storms are different depending on where you live in the country and the severity of them differs depending on the time of year. Due to the elevation and the proximity to the Rocky Mountains, hail falls more frequently and harder than in other areas of the United States.
Because it is so prominent in this part of the country, it is important to prepare for the storms and know just how bad they can be. Especially if you are just moving to the area, a drastic change in weather can surprise you and harm you, your family and your belongings.
It’s important to prepare for the worst when it comes to storms, and to know what to expect when it does hit. If you know what will happen and how it will impact you, you can easily move your belongings into an area where they would be guarded from the harsh Colorado weather.
However, no matter how much you prepare, there are always going to be times where there’s nothing you can do and your belongings such as your car get damaged and need to be fixed. If that happens, do not be afraid to reach out to us at Colorado Hail Solutions for help.
We know that the events can be shocking and they can drastically affect you and your family. When these events happen, it’s important to plan for the worst and create a plan that is best for you and your family.
So, after all this talk about preparation, what exactly happens during Colorado hail storms?
Hail season in Colorado lasts for about six months, from about the middle of April to the middle of September. In this time, the Colorado Front Range sees about three to four catastrophic hail storms a year, and the area averages seven to nine hail days a year.
The hail usually ranges from pea size to marble size, but in the larger and worse storms, the hail can be the size of a baseball. Hail falls when it gets heavy enough to overcome the strength of a thunderstorm updraft and is pulled to the earth through gravity. In larger thunderstorms, hail needs to be larger to break through the clouds and overcome the thunderstorm updraft.
Smaller pieces of hail can be caught in and blown away by the thunderstorm updraft in the horizontal winds.
Any storm that produces thunder and lightning has the potential to produce hail, especially during the Colorado hail season. It’s important to remember this and to be sure to take cover as soon as a storm hits, especially if it’s a big one that has the potential to hurt you or your belongings.
If you are in a car, you should pull up close to a building to cover the car and to help you take cover as well. If your car can’t be fully covered, you may want to consider wrapping yourself in a blanket to cover from a potential crack in the windshield that can hurt you.
Hail that is over a quarter size in diameter can kill humans, pets or livestock if it strikes them in the right position. It’s important to remember to take cover and if your animals are outside, be sure to bring them inside where the storm won’t bother them as much.
When hail falls, it’s important to overestimate the damage and expect there to be more rather than less. If you do this, then it is more likely that you will be prepared in the best way for what could potentially happen.
If you have no shelter for your car, place a cardboard box over the windshield to guard it from the hail that is about to damage it. It will act as a shield and will be a buffer in case the hail is hard enough to crack your windshield.
The costliest damage occurs during Colorado hail storms and it is important to always be prepared for that damage. Always expect the worst if you know there is going to be hail, especially mid-April to mid-September. Knowing the best way to avoid a hail storm could potentially save you and your family a lot of money and will not be as stressful for you.